Gathurst railway station
|Number of platforms||2|
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|Key dates||Opened 1855|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Gathurst from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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On the outskirts of the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, Greater Manchester, England, the semi-rural Gathurst is a two-platform station on the Southport line 2 3⁄4 miles (4.4 kilometres) north west of Wigan Wallgate station. The station also serves the nearby village of Shevington, indeed until 1973 (see British Rail Timetable of 1972) was named Gathurst for Shevington. It is currently operated by Northern.
The main stone-built station building survives adjacent to the Wigan-bound platform, but is now in use for non-railway purposes (as a public house), modest shelters now being provided on both platforms for rail travellers.
The station was built by the Manchester and Southport Railway and opened on 9 April 1855, and from January 1885 was part of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (L&YR). The main stone-built station building (no longer in use) was built during this time, in the standard L&YR style. The L&YR amalgamated with the London and North Western Railway on 1 January 1922 and in turn was grouped into the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) in 1923. Nationalisation followed in 1948. When Sectorisation was introduced in the 1980s, the station was served by Regional Railways until the privatisation of British Rail.
The station is unmanned and has no ticket machine, so all tickets must be bought prior to travel or on the train. Train running information can be obtained by phone and timetable posters. There is step-free access to both platforms.
There is generally an hourly service from Gathurst westbound to Southport and eastbound to Manchester Victoria via Atherton. Since the May 2018 timetable change, there is only a limited morning service to Manchester Piccadilly via Bolton (and no direct trains to Manchester Airport) - all other trains run via Walkden and continue beyond Victoria to Blackburn via Todmorden.
Sunday services are hourly each way and serve the same destinations.
- Gathurst station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 20 December 2016
- Great Britain eNRT May 2018 Edition, Table 82
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